While heart failure has become an increasingly common today on account of various reasons, it is not as commonly known that a large number of women are suffering from heart failures post-delivery. A recent report from the University of Illinois at Chicago has stated that the incidence of women suffering from heart failure Post delivery has doubled between 1987 and 2011. There exists many cases of heart failure caused during delivery as well. The study for the University of Illinois at Chicago stated that women who have delivered a baby have the highest risk of heart failure within the first 6 weeks post-delivery or the postpartum period.
The study supports delivery related hospitalization in order to identify women who are most likely to develop such a condition in the next few weeks, by keeping them under surveillance as well as developing strategies of proper management before actually discharging the mother. The study has also suggested that this problem of heart failure is more for women who have become mothers at a younger age as well as those women who have an existing condition or disease such as hypertension.
The report stresses and emphasizes on the need for close monitoring of women who are the high-risk of suffering from heart failure before being discharged from the hospital right after giving birth. It is extremely common for mothers to be discharged from the hospital within 2 to 3 days post-delivery without being evaluated by doctors until 6 weeks later.
The researchers also found that women who were older and black and engaged in tobacco, alcohol, drugs and lived in low-income household areas tended to be diagnosed with heart failure before and after giving birth. The researchers have emphasized that women be educated about their health and their risk during delivery and the importance of hospitalization after delivery.